College football is home to some of the fiercest rivalries in the sports world, and the beauty of it all is that we get to see a ton of them play out in the final week of the regular season. It’s always a little sad when the final week of the season rolls around, but that is tempered a little by being able to spend a couple of days watching some of the best match-ups in the college game. One game that always seems to serve up a classic is the Iron Bowl that pits the Auburn Tigers against the Ala-bama Crimson Tide. There is a little bit of a letdown for the game this season, as the Crimson Tide have already wrapped up the SEC West Division, but that doesn’t mean that we are in for a dud. You can bet that Auburn would love to be the team that hands the reigning champions their first loss of the season, but they are going to need to play damn near perfect ball to make that happen. Alabama are coming into this one as a 17-point betting odds favorite.
A Closer Look At The Week 13 College Football Free Picks: Tigers At Crimson Tide
When: Saturday, November 26 at 3:30 PM EST
Where: Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa
Live Stream: CBS Sports Network
NCAAF Odds: TBA
Why bet on the Auburn Tigers
This is a game that would have been for all the marbles has the Auburn Tigers not lost to Georgia a couple of weeks ago. As it is, they are coming into this one with nothing to play for but pride, and the op-portunity to hurt Alabama just a little. In fairness to the Tigers, it has been injuries rather than poor play that has derailed them, with QB Sean White and star RB Kam Pettway both going down hurt. It’s still unclear if either of these two will start on Saturday, and it may well be their status that changes the outcome of this game. The Tigers have been a solid bet this season, going 8-3 ATS, which includes being 2-0 ATS in games where they were the underdog.
Why bet on the Alabama Crimson Tide
It’s hard to find any holes in the armor of this Crimson Tide team, and you must feel as though the National Championship is theirs to lose. To get the top billing in the final 4, Alabama will need to beat Auburn this weekend, and them dispose of the Florida Gators in the SEC Championship game next weekend. This outcome is a very distinct possibility, but it all begins this weekend by slowing down the Tigers defense. Teams have been unable to run on the Crimson Tide all season long, and with the Tigers shorthanded at RB, that may force the ball into the arm of a QB with a wounded wing. It all looks positive for Alabama.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
This would have been a much tougher call if Auburn were coming into this game at full strength. As it is, the Alabama Crimson Tide are fully loaded and should prove to be too much. Close in the first half, I think, and them Alabama pulls away.